A text box allows you to insert text anywhere on your PowerPoint slide. This allows you to place text in a more organized way, such as between objects or images. This guide shows you how to add a textbox in PowerPoint and customize its appearance to fit your theme.
Add a text box in PowerPoint
- Go to the slide you want to insert the text box in. Select Insert in the top menu, then select Text Box.
- The cursor will change from a pointer to a cross. Left-click and drag the cursor on any position on the slide to insert the text box.
- A blank text box will appear. You can type in or paste your text into the box.
- After you have added text into the box, it can be resized. Click and drag any of the circles along the text box border to resize it.
- If you want to move the text box, hover the cursor over the text box to change it to a cross pointer. Click and drag the text box to its new position.
Customize the appearance of your text box
You can customize your text box to fit your presentation’s theme.
Add a border to your text box
Select the text box and go to the Shape Format tab.
- Go to Shape Outline and choose a color to apply a border style.
- Change the border thickness and style using the Weight and Dashes tools.
Change the text color
While in the Shape Format tab, click Text Fill and select the desired color.
Change the background color of the text box
Click Shape Fill and choose a color to change the text box background.
Note: You can further explore the tools in the Shape Format tab to change the shape design and apply special effects to the text box.